Success stories

Highlights from some of the breakthrough innovations supported by the EU funding instruments which make up the European Innovation Council pilot

Extending lives with the EIC


The NeuHeart project seeks to extend decidedly the life expectancy of patients facing heart transplantations. An innovative neuroprosthesis has been developed to tackle the unsolved issue of lost neural connection from the vagus nerve in transplanted hearts.

Heart transplantation is one of the most remarkable achievement in the history of medicine as well as the last chance for many patients affected by end-stage heart failure.

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A new way to find better medication


How can we better predict how new medications act in the human body? This was the main question when we started our FET Open project Body on a Chip (BoC) in 2012.

Too many new and promising drugs fail in very late stages of the development process because they are not efficient or produce unwanted - sometimes even dangerous - side effects.

The Swiss company InSphero AG developed sand-grain-sized 3D microtissues which mimic human organs like the liver, the pancreas or tumours to solve this problem.

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Paolo Dario on bio-robotics and the potential of disruptive scientific thinking


Paolo Dario is one of the leading European researcher in bio-robotics and a prominent ambassador of the Future and Emergent Technologies (FET) programme.

He has contributed to some of the most outstanding achievements in this field as for instance the development of neuro-controlled upper limb prosthesis for amputees.

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Making a splash for a brighter future


It is known simply as 'The Penguin'. The intriguing name belongs to a platform floating on the Atlantic Ocean off the Orkney Islands, which is at the forefront of exciting moves to harness the power of water.

'The Penguin' can produce energy thanks to the movement of the waves, as 'Futuris' reporter Julián López Gómez discovered when he visited the islands off the north of Scotland.

With 75% of the earth's surface covered by water, wave energy has huge potential.

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Restoring sensory feedback in lower-limb amputees


After successful completion of the FET-Open project NEBIAS, that managed to develop a ground-breaking technology enabling upper limb amputees to intuitively control and feel artificial prosthesis as they were natural parts of their body, the SensAgain project takes a further step forward.

Now, the aim is to verify whether the innovation generated during NEBIAS could be exploited to provide clinically effective devices for lower-limb amputees as well.

SensAgain: Restoring sensory feedback in lower-limb amputees

SensArs Neuroprosthetics

Powerful graphene batteries


Skeleton Technologies is an Estonian start-up that has patented and commercialised ultracapacitors - very powerful batteries made from graphene. Ultracapacitors are especially useful in the automotive and aerospace industry. Since 2015 the company has raised €38 million to build Europe’s largest ultracapacitor factory in Germany.

Skeleton Technologies

InnoEnergy link spurs Skeleton growth

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Affordable solar power


HELIOtube is a product of the combined efforts of two companies – Heliovis a small Austrian smart-tech company founded in 2009 and toughTrough a German company founded in 2011 and specialised in the production of light-weight solar applications. Together they developed a huge solar power plant with a new technology that is cheaper than the current silicium-based panels. HELIOtube is the world's largest inflatable plastic film solar collector.


SME Instrument-funded HELIOVIS builds world's largest plastic films' solar collector

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Feeling without touching


The UK small company Ultrahaptics has developed a unique technology that enables users to receive tactile feedback without needing to wear or touch anything. The ability to control your oven with a wave of the hand or heat up your car seat without taking your eyes off the road is now within reach. Ultrahaptics has also raised private investment.


Conjuring touch from thin air

The Innovators - invisible buttons loom into view

Ultrahaptics video presentation

Solar cell booster

The Swedish small company Sol Voltaics develops new technology to boost poly-silicon solar cell efficiency. The company works with three major producers of photovoltaic cells. In 2016-2017, it raised close to €40 million of private investment to start pilot production.


Sol Voltaics closes US$21.3 million in new funding to commercialise GaAs nanowire film

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Intelligent parking

Worldsensing is a global 'internet of things' pioneer. Their tools help users to make right operational decisions based on real-time intelligence gathered through wireless sensor technology and real-time software. With European innovation funding support, Worldsensing developed a smart parking system that regulates parking spots and helps reduce traffic, time spent for parking and CO2 emissions. The company is present in 50 countries across 5 continents.


Worldsensing Raises €8.3 Million in Series B Financing

FastPrk saves your fuel and nerves

Worldsensing video presentation

Nano insulation

Svenska Aerogel is an in-depth research and high-end technology company. Founded in 2000, it patented and comercialised Quartzene - a cost efficient nano-insulation material. European innovation funding supported Quartzene's verification as a viable insulation material in an operational environment by various European and other international companies. Today the company has a strong intellectual property portfolio and cooperates closely with leading European researchers.

Svenska Aerogel

Nasdaq Stockholm Welcomes Svenska Aerogel Holding AB to First North

SME Instrument innovator Svenska Aerogel starts floating on the stock market

Hacking consciousness

Starlab a high-tech Spanish company decided, funded by EU innovation funding, to advance its products by collaborating with various research institutions from across Europe. The overall mission of the Luminous project is to model, quantify, and alter observable aspects of 'consciousness' using information processing, algorithms and machine learning. The consortium will pursue computational neuroscience models and human studies, and will design and test more powerful, controllable and safe non-invasive consciousness-probing and brain stimulation technologies.


World-first experiment achieves direct brain-to-brain communication in human subjects

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Stand up and walk

A Spanish small company and a consortium of partners are developing an exoskeleton: support for the legs (hips, knees and ankles) that will enable wheelchair-bound people to stand and walk again. The user will be able to command movements by thinking – the exoskeleton will pick up the brainwaves. GOGOA Mobility Robots will be the first EU company to enter this market.


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GOGOA video presentation